Solitary Confinement (One)

Prison Cell

Cell Block 9

Eastern State Penitentiary

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Number one in a series depicting the mysteriousness of the many cells throughout the prison.


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Located just outside Downtown Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary stands like a fortress over an entire city square block. Constructed in 1829, at the time of it's completion it was considered a state-of-the-art maximum security prison and was world famous for it's brutality and design. The idea of the time was that you change the behavior of inmates through "confinement in solitude with labor." The prison design is like that of a wagon wheel and was copied throughout the world in the early through late 1800's. In 1971 it was abandoned and left in ruin until 1994 when the first daily tours began. Much of the prison is left in a half-state in decay, and some areas are left in pure ruin. It really is one of the coolest places I've visited in my life.

  • Jenny Gandert 4y

    Hope you weren't there for a conjugal visit... LOL!
  • rodprez 4y

    Cool textures
  • John PRO 4y

    Great capture and processing, but a very depressing subject.
  • James Stapleton 4y

    Awesome job, Bill!
  • Jiffy Cat PRO 4y

  • Jerry Spain PRO 4y

    Great find. I would not have wanted to be one of the lucky ones to stay in there.
  • Walking Philly PRO 4y

    Great capture.
  • armykat 4y

    ESP YAY!!!! Isn't it a photographer's treasure trove?! I had completely forgotten you'd mentioned you'd be there. Did you get them to let you into the infirmary? Was DB w/ you? Can't wait to see your guys shots. I'm sure they're all going to be freakin' fantastic!!
  • Nancy Germer Photography-http://nancysphotos.smugm 4y

    Great capture!!!!!
  • David Hayes PRO 4y

    Wonderfully creepy! I would love to get in there to take pics!!
  • Dead Betty PRO 4y

    armykat It was so awesome!
  • tiredanddone 4y

    very cool, you'll have to read what i put on lisa's pic of al capone...
  • William Fultz II PRO 4y

    armykat I tried to get Lisa and I into the infirmary, as well as the kitchen, but they wouldn't let me, stating that they wouldn't let their own employees in those areas. I will say it is one of the most photogenic places I've ever been.
  • Fred Wolfe 4y

    Major creepy. These prison shots are great. The state of things is fascinating to see.
  • bob schlake PRO 4y


    well done,,indeed,,
  • Heidi G PRO 3y

    Fascinating capture !! It has an almost eerie feeling to it
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Taken on September 20, 2011
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